Scouting for Food 2022

Scouting for Food is the largest community service food drive in our area involving Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers and Explorers.

Your unit should participate in the Council’s Scouting for Food community service project and let your local area know about this service project to help your local community food banks.  Let’s all work together and make this year’s effort even more successful than last year’s and collect more than 85,000 pounds of food across the Northern Lights Council!

Learn More and Register your unit at: https://nlcbsa.org/food/

2023 World Scout Jamboree

The next World Scout Jamboree is August 1 to August 12, 2023 in Saemangeum, South Korea!  To learn more and to apply to go or be staff visit https://wsj2023.us/

What is a World Scout Jamboree?

The World Scout Jamboree is above all an educational event that brings together the world’s young people to promote peace and mutual understanding and to develop leadership and life skills.

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will feature the hallmarks of past world jamboree programs, such as the Global Development Village, special sustainability initiatives, and the socialization elements that allow participants to make lifelong friends from around the world.

Unlike any other youth event, the World Scout Jamboree invites you to surround yourself in diverse global cultures by joining your new Scouting friends at a single destination for 12 unforgettable days. The jamboree experience extends beyond your home—and beyond the boundaries of our countries—to create a global adventure that will last a lifetime!

Order your free Blue and Gold Placemats

We are excited to share these free placemats that we have available for you. These are yellow placemats that are on 11×17 pages. See our example below. This is just one of the fun resources we offer because of your support of Friends of Scouting. You can order them online at https://nlcbsa.org/placemat/

Report to State and Governor

Each year the Northern Lights Council makes a report on the status of Scouting to the Governor of North Dakota. This event, sponsored by the Bismarck Rotary Club, will be held in Bismarck.  This has been moved and confirmed for Wednesday, March 9th.  This is very special as it will be the 100th ND Report to the State.

An important aspect of this report is the participation of Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers and Explorers from North Dakota.  These Scouts each have different roles during the report, such as giving the invocation, the Pledge of Allegiance, introducing the Governor, etc.  It is a truly meaningful experience for all the Scouts who participate.

Should your nominated Scout be chosen to participate in the report, they and their parents and the unit leader will be expected to be available to travel to Bismarck to participate. They must arrive by 11 am and be available for the lunch program and the tour and visiting with elected officials. Programs are usually concluded by 4 pm.  The Scout will also be expected to be in full uniform.

To nominate a Scout to be part of this report, please complete the nomination form and submit by January 12, 2022. Nominate your Scouts online at: https://247scouting.com/forms/429-reporttostate


Questions?  Contact the Scout Center in Bismarck at 701-223-7204.

Butler Scholarship

This scholarship is for graduating seniors who are registered members of the BSA at the conclusion of the 2021/2022 school year (youth member, college reserve, assistant SM). The scholarship is for continuing education at either a trade school, community college, or college or university.

If you are planning to continue your education in the fall of 2022, I encourage you to complete the scholarship form online, https://247scouting.com/forms/429-ButlerScholarship22 .

Note that the application is only available online. No paper copies will be accepted. The application period opens at 12:01 am on December 15, 2021, and closes at 11:59 pm on February 15, 2022.
Successful applicants will receive a maximum $2,000 scholarship payable to the institution of higher learning they plan to attend in the fall of 2022. Again, this is applicable to a trade school, community college, or four-year college/university.
Questions may be referred to Dale Musgrave; dale.musgrave@scouting.org or 701-499-0647.

The Boy Scouts of America offers an online charter renewal process for units. Recently, this process was moved to improve systems and increase speed and efficiency in processes.  Details and helps can all be found at: https://nlcbsa.org/charter/

National Jamboree 2023 Announced

Join us for the Scouting adventure of a lifetime!

On September 29th the Boy Scouts of America announced that the next National Scout Jamboree will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia July 19-28, 2023. More than just a gathering of Scouts, the Jamboree will provide High Adventure programming, a chance to meet Scouts from around the country, and so much more. Many of you have waited years for the opportunity to attend a Jamboree, and we are excited to offer a local contingent that will help you reach this Scouting milestone. We hope that you will consider joining us as we plan and take part in a memorable Scouting adventure!

Learn more and sign up to get information at: https://nlcbsa.org/jamboree/

BSA Membership Fee Increase

6/4/21 Details & FAQ from Scouting Wire

Over the last year, we have seen the Scouting community come together, even while being physically apart, to bring solutions, relief and comfort to those in need. Scouting continues to be a vital partner for communities across the country.

The value of Scouting is undeniable for those within the program and the greater public, and the Boy Scouts of America is committed to continuing to offer this unmatched opportunity to young people and families nationwide. It is important that we all reach out to Scouting families who might have left the program due to pandemic reasons and invite them back. We should also be thinking about how to invite new families to join.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has worked to keep the membership fee as low as possible. Unfortunately, operating costs have continued to rise, and COVID-19 has compounded the need to increase the fee to maintain the program.

To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting, the updated national membership fee is

  • $72 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts participants
  • $45 for Exploring participants
  • $30 for council-paid memberships
  • $45 for all adult volunteers (includes cost of background check)
  • $75 for a unit charter fee

The membership fees will take effect August 1, 2021, for the 2021-2022 program year.

The one-time $25 joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts is still required; however, there is no joining fee for Exploring participants, participants previously registered in any BSA program, those transferring from one program to another, council-paid memberships, or adult volunteers.

See an infographic explaining these updates

The national membership fee helps pay for the cost of essential services, including program resources, liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, youth protection and other local council resources.

National BSA will also continue to develop and improve resources that support our volunteers and youth members through online registration, Scoutbook, and national initiatives that bring us all together.

Across the country and in each of our communities, we know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make in young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow.

Our dedicated volunteers, staff, and Scouting families make this possible. Thank you for continuing to support one of the most valuable opportunities available to young people today.


Q: Why are the fees increasing?

A: The national annual membership fee is increasing by $6, about 50 cents per month, because the costs associated with Scouting, including the cost of liability insurance, continue to increase and the organization is not able to subsidize the increased costs as it had in the past.

Q: When will this increase take effect?

A: The updated membership fees will take effect August 1, 2021, for new members in the 2021-2022 program year.

Q: Is Scouting still a good value?

A: Absolutely! While most extracurricular activities are seasonal, Scouting is a year-round program that remains one of the most valuable investments we can make to support young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow. For most of our participants, the new national membership fee amounts to $6.00 a month, which is an enormous value when you consider that many seasonal extracurricular activities often start at $100 for programs that last a few weeks.

Q: What will the money be used for?

A: The annual national membership fee and new-member joining fee help pay for the cost of essential services, including program resources, liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, youth protection and other local council resources.

Q: Is this increase being implemented to cover the cost of the additional background checks?

A: While the cost of background checks is paid for by the national organization, that is not the driver of this increase.

Q: Will membership fees go toward funding a victims compensation trust?

A: No. The national annual membership fee and the new-member joining fee will help pay for the cost of essential services, including program resources, liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, youth protection and other local council resources.

Q: What measures has the national organization taken to offset its financial challenges?

A: In addition to ongoing efforts to streamline and simplify the organization, the national organization has taken a number of steps to address its financial challenges, which include multiple rounds of reductions over the past year. These were in addition to ongoing consolidation of departments and elimination of some significant vendors for the most effective utilization of resources in support of Scouting. 

Q: In addition to the national membership fee, my council is implementing a council fee. Is that allowed?

A: Starting August 1, 2021, councils can also choose to charge a fee up to, but no more than, the national membership fee – up to $72 for participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts; up to $45 for participants in Exploring and up to $45 for adult members. The council fee can include local insurance costs (i.e., accident, property, etc.), as well as the cost to administer unique local programming. Units can continue to assess activity fees.